China Moments

Shanghai, 2003-2006: In early 2003, I quit an IT job to follow my dreams of living abroad. Fortune smiled on me, and I landed my first job in the videogame industry at Ubisoft’s Shanghai studio. China Moments, my first blog, documented my first expatriation experience and my obsession with the craft of videogames.

  • Nosebleed Spicy

    I’m in the closing moments of the E3 project right now, which means we’re all getting cr...

  • The Martini Geek

    Over the years of identifying myself as a geek, I have pondered the definition of the word. The best...

  • Shanghai Short Stories

    Hey! Again, sorry for slacking on the blog front. I’ve been working hard, mostly, and re-adjus...

  • It’s Here

    Shipping an X360 from Montreal to Shanghai: 4 days, $60 USD Getting an X360 through the bureaucracy ...

  • Drums on the Basketball Court

    Drums on the Basketball Court

    As you’re probably aware, basketball is a big thing in Shanghai because of NBA superstar Yao M...

Minimal Techno… In Shanghai?!

Shanghai just got a hell of a lot cooler… And I’m not even talking about the weather! If you ask me what I miss the most about Montreal (besides family, friends and Faust), I invariably think back on the vibrant ...

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Videogame Piracy in China

As you most certainly know, China is a haven for piracy. Whether it’s an XBOX game or a movie DVD, everybody buys it pirated. To say it’s tolerated is an understatement: it’s a way of life. One console that had ...

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King Kong and the Movie Industry

Saturday night, Helene, a few of my colleagues and myself went to see Peter Jackson’s King Kong at the ever-pleasant and weirdly-named Paradise Warner Cinema City. As I described it in a July 2005 post, this theater boasts “VIP tickets” ...

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I Probably Ate Cat

I tell ya, it seems like every month brings its new food-related scare to Shanghai. It seems like nothing can escape a foreboding warning or two that makes you rethink ever eating that kind of food again. First, there was ...

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The Perils of Tourism

Here’s my favorite quote from my trip to Vietnam… Helene and I were having a beer with a Canadian, Alan, and his guide, An, while in a guesthouse in Ben Tre. Alan is touring Vietnam for one month on the ...

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